NCTJ board member Ed Curran has been awarded an honorary degree recognising his services to journalism.
Ed, a former editor of the Belfast Telegraph, was made a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) by the University of Ulster this week. He has played a prominent role in the training of journalists as a Director and Trustee of the NCTJ since June 2008. He was instrumental in bringing the NCTJ’s 60th anniversary skills conference to Belfast last year after Belfast Metropolitan College and North West Regional College joined the award-winning journalism course at the University of Ulster in delivering the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.
Ed was editor of the Belfast Telegraph from 1993 until 2005 when he became editor in chief, and had previously been launch editor of the sister paper, Sunday Life. He joined the paper in 1966 as a graduate trainee reporter and after spells as reporter, features writer and leader writer, was appointed deputy editor in 1974. He continues to contribute a regular column to the paper and in 2006 was awarded the OBE for services to journalism.